A sleek design with a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces

San Jose Contemporary II

Set amongst its neighbors of mostly one-story 1950s ranch homes, this contemporary single-story design blends into its context with its modest scale and understated front elevation. A skylit foyer leads past two bedrooms and into the home’s raison d’être, a spectacular great room with an inverted barrel vaulted ceiling and four-sided clerestory windows of frameless glass.

The arc of the ceiling creates a unique lens-shaped form that rests delicately on slender steel posts, drawing the eye over the boundaries of the property to views of the sky and trees, beyond the non-descript surroundings. Integrated roller shades provide sun and glare control when needed.

Studio S Squared provided full-service architecture, interior, and lighting design for our clients.

Geoff Clifford of BC/A Structural provided an elegant and efficient structural design, and Jay Chapman of Chapman Construction skillfully brought the vision to life.


  • Scope of Work: Demolish existing house. New 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom single-family residence with a new living area of 2,499.1 s.f. and a new garage area of 455.5 s.f. on a 6,271 s.f. lot.
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Location: San Jose, CA


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